The Hajj, being an important aspect amongst the 5 pillars of Islam and an obligatory journey in the life of a Muslim must be carried out with useful advice and some points to remember.
The first and foremost thing a Muslim pilgrim needs to bear in mind before his/her Hajj travel is – the fear of Allah and total obedience to Him. Not only that, he/she must not disobey what Allah has forbidden. As Allah says:
الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ
Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding. [Noble Quran 2:197]
And the Prophet (PBUH) said: He who performs Hajj and does not speak obscenely or commit evil then he returns from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him, and if he did so then his Hajj would be accepted and the prophet of Allah said: The accepted Hajj – there is no less a reward for it than Paradise.
There are tendencies that many people fall into shirk – such as praying to someone else other than Allah or even taking oath in someone else’s name. This will completely nullify their Hajj. As Allah says:
وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ أَشْرَكْتَ لَيَحْبَطَنَّ عَمَلُكَ وَلَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
And it was already revealed to you and to those before you that if you should associate [anything] with Allah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers. [Noble Quran 39:65]
The People of Knowledge should educate the pilgrims about the rites of Hajj and the commands it has according to the Book and the Sunnah. They should all come together for Tawhid, which is the core teaching and belief of Islam. There is nothing wrong with debating in the best way. However, one should always bear in mind not to get into any argument as commanded in the Qu’ran:
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and discuss with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Indeed, your Lord, He (is) most knowing of who has strayed from His way, And He (is) most knowing of the guided ones. [Noble Quran 16:125]
The pilgrim should be careful not to walk in front of anyone offering prayers in the Haram mosque, as the Prophet (PBUH) says:
If the one walking between the hands of one praying knew what was upon him then it would be better for him to stand still than that he should walk between his hands. [Malik, al-Bukhari, Muslim, the 4 Sunan of Abu Juhaim]
Few things a pilgrim should keep in mind before going for a Hajj tour:
- Hajj is physically demanding. A pilgrim has to walk in the heat of the day as well as run between the Safa Marwa mountains. Be careful of what you eat and practice walking for 20-30 minutes per day.
- Talk to people who have completed their Hajj and learn about their experience and things that you need to take to Makkah and Madinah.
- Learn the appropriate duas to recite while performing Hajj. Do not merely read from the books, instead do du’a from the heart. Pray for yourself and for others if there is some concern.
- Get yourself checked by a doctor and carry any medication that you might need if you are prone to high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis etc.
- Your Hajj 2018 will be a huge investment. Take your time, find the best deal, and consult with your travel agent regarding the paperwork and other required itineraries.
[Read Also: Health & Safety Tips For Hajj & Umrah]
Tips for Social Well-being
- Be considerate and be compassionate with fellow Hajjis.
- Put the next person above yourself. Put their rights before yours. You won’t be asked what the next person did to you, but what you did to/for the next person.
- Keep some money to give to the poor.
- Try to greet Muslims from other countries as much as you can. Hajj is the largest meeting for the Ummah.
- When it is time to collect stones at Muzdalifah, try to collect extra. Many you would come across would need them. In addition, some elders might need help with collecting stones as well.